Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA.

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it's pretty overwhelming--especially when he's also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom's family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.

Sohrab makes sure people speak English so Darius can understand what's going on. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understands that sometimes, best friends don't have to talk. Darius has never had a true friend before, but now he's spending his days with Sohrab playing soccer, eating rosewater ice cream, and sitting together for hours in their special place, a rooftop overlooking the Yazdi skyline.

Sohrab calls him Darioush--the original Persian version of his name--and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he's Darioush to Sohrab. When it's time to go home to America, he'll have to find a way to be Darioush on his own.

Title:Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525552963
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About Adib Khorram

Adib Khorram is an author, a graphic designer, and a tea enthusiast. If he's not writing (or at his day job), you can probably find him trying to get his 100 yard Freestyle under a minute, or learning to do a Lutz Jump. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where people don't usually talk about themselves in the third person. You can find him on Twitter (


    Darius the Great Is Not Okay Reviews

  • ????? ?

    So who else read this title and immediately thought “big mood”? also, am I the only one getting so many Ari & Dante vibes from this book??...

  • Kai

    "Suicide isn't the only way you can lose someone to depression."Darius the Great Is Not Okay and neither am I.I will rave about this book. A lot. I have so many good things to say about it that I need...

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars, rounded up.What an enjoyable, sweet, and special book!"What kind of name is Darius Grover Kellner? It was like I was destined to be a target."Darius Kellner calls himself a "Fractional Pers...

  • may ?

    “It’s okay not to be okay.” The first thing you should know about Darius the Great is Not Okay is that it actually made me cry (which doesn’t happen frequently). It was hilarious, and heart...

  • Lola

    I used to believe that the first chapters of a story set the tone for the whole book, but DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY proved me wrong.See, I had trouble picturing the events happening in the first tw...

  • Katie B

    Darius Kellner is what he likes to call a Fractional Persian as his mother was born and raised in Iran but his dad is white. Although he has a nightly ritual of watching Star Trek reruns with his fath...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    WOW OKAY I liked this a heckin’ ton. This is the first book I’ve ever read with an Iranian mc and I learned so many things about the culture that I never knew before! It was also just really well ...

  • Thomas

    3.5 starsA solid YA novel I would recommend to fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda . Darius the Great Is Not Okay did not blow me away, but I appreciated several parts of it, in particular its ...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/There are no bells and whistles for this one. Some books don’t need them. Darius the Great Is Not Okay is the story of a young boy who ta...

  • abby

    Darius Kellner isn't sure he fits in anywhere. At school, he's the Fractional Persian, the kid who sticks out as being just a bit different. At home, he struggles to connect with his dad, who is Zero ...